Philadelphia Foodie Guide

A Foodie's Travel Guide to Philadelphia

When I found out that I would have to spend two weeks in Philadelphia for work, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was in Philadelphia in middle school to check out the classics like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, but I honestly didn’t know much about the city beyond the tourist stuff. My first inciling as to what a treat I was in for was how excited people who previously lived in Philly got when I told them I was headed there. They had lists of restaurants I needed to check out, ice cream I needed to eat and places to go to grab a drink. And these are people who are well-versed in the San Francisco foodie scene.

So I ate my heart out for two weeks in Philly. All in the name of research, you know? So I could pass all of my recommendations and favorites on to you.

I hope you make it to Philadelphia to check out some of these amazing places to eat. By no means is this an exhaustive guide. This is the selection of restaurants that I enjoyed the most over the two weeks I spend in Philly. There are so many that were recommended to me that I just didn’t have time to check out. If you have a place that you think deserves to be on this list, let me, and everyone else, know in the comments!

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Dream Vacations :: Luxury Yurt Airbnb in LA

Dream Vacation :: Romantic Yurt in Silverlake Los Angeles on AirBnB

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spent a week in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. It was such a fun trip as LA has an amazing food scene. One of the coolest things I did there was stay in a yurt that I found via Airbnb. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it was an awesome experience! It was so peaceful it was easy to forget that I was actually in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the country! On top of that, it was gorgeously decorated.

I love AirBnB for travel. You can really find something to suit almost any taste. Last year, Pat and I stayed in a treehouse in wine country!… Read More »

Best Homemade Lemonade

The Absolute Perfect Homemade Lemonade Recipe!If you’ve been around here long, you’ll know that I pretty much spent all winter talking about lemons and how much I love lemon desserts. It’s funny though, no matter how wintry citrus desserts are, nothing says summer like fresh-squeezed lemonade! What’s up with that!?

Secrets to the perfect lemonade – stop frantically stirring your drink trying to dissolve that sugar! Make a simple syrup instead to ensure perfectly sweetened lemonade every time. Also, make sure you taste test frequently as you add the water – it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it! I love using Meyer lemons if you have access to them as they are naturally sweeter than traditional lemons…. Read More »

Wine Country Style to the Max(i)


I just wanted to write a quick post to share the details of my wine country style from our recent trip. You can read all about what we did in my last post.

For me, quintessential wine country style includes a maxi dress. It’s the perfect thing for sitting and sipping a glass of wine while looking over the gorgeous seemingly-never ending rows of grape vines. It’s chic, but unfussy, and doesn’t require much thought. Perfect for a casual weekend of relaxing…. Read More »

A Perfect Day in Sonoma :: Sonoma-Cutrer Winery

Napa & Sonoma Wine Tasting IdeasThis post brought to you by Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. The content and opinions are my own.

Pat and I had day free last weekend and we took the opportunity to sneak away to wine country for the day. We’re not much for hopping from winery to winery. We much prefer to pick one place, explore it and relax. This time, we chose Sonoma-Cutrer to explore. We’ve actually been one time before in the past, but it was for an event to benefit the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Side note: This year’s event raised almost $100,000!)… Read More »

Healthy Leftovers :: Whole Grain Rice Bowls with Massaged Kale & Veggies

The perfect recipe for healthy leftovers all week long - kale, egg and veggie rice bowlsI love hearing from everyone who reads A Side of Sweet. That’s why I respond to every comment (seriously!) and read every email. If someone who leaves a comment have a blog, I always click through and see what they’ve been up to.

It’s that sense of community and reciprocity that has helped me find my place in this crazy internet reality. I recently read that there are over 227 million blogs. Can you believe that!?

There are 227 million blogs and somehow you ended up here. Reading the silly things that I share…. Read More »